Tag Archive: Vanilla










Made this little ditties for Barbados Independence day which was on the 30th November. www.barbados.org/indepen.htm

A simple vanilla and Chocolate cake with a light butter icing



Grape and vanilla Cupakes










Made with a powdered fruit drink which is added to a vanilla cake mix adding a little more vanilla to bring up the flavour using vanilla paste is great.

I mixed half the mixture with the fruit powder then swirl together in the cupcake liner and bake.




fresh out the oven.




The butter icing is also made with the fruit powder and extra icing sugar is added to  bring up the flavour and cut the sourness of the powder.

Pop Cakes …

Vanilla cake with dark chocolate coating with butterflies and flowers


I have to say I really do enjoy making these pop cakes although they are butterflies and flowers, they kinda look like a LV design 🙂 and then all packed and ready to go.

Below are the chocolate ones nearly ran out of the chocolate crispies but phew just had enough to finish the job.

Made a whopping 40 of these.

chocolate cake white chocolate coating and crispies


A simple selection of Vanilla cupcake with Vanilla topping, Choco Choco chip cupcakes, Red Velvet and Utterly Strawberry.

2 box of each and this sample box of the flavours, went down a treat.

Vanilla-Vanilla,Choco Choco chip,Red Velvet,Utterly Strawberry

Various Cakepops

Caramel Crunch

Another busy week, this week I was making cakepops/popcakes.

I used a regular cake recipe as I have these nitfy cakepop baking trays I do not have to spend so much time baking, crumbling, mixing and chilling.

I used a vanilla cake recipe and a Chocolate fudge recipe  once baked and left to cool, I started melting th chcolate and seeing what decorations I will use.

See my creations below.

I am only showing a few of each batch I made.

Enjoyed making these gems used the basic whoopie mix (see below for recipe)

made a butter icing for the filling and mixed half with  a little green food colouring and crushed peppermints (yeah forgot my essence flavouring home) I  crushed them into a fine powder, did not take long so quick and easy and mixed into the mixture and piped.

Did the same for the vanilla ones, used a vanilla extract paste which worked better than the liquid in this case.


125g butter

150g chocolate, minimum 70% cocoa solids

100g chocolate, minimum 70% cocoa solids, for melting (optional)

225g sugar

3 free-range eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

250g flour

30g cocoa powder

½ tsp baking powder


300g icing sugar

100g butter

(food colouring and flavouring if desired)


Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.

Melt the butter and chocolate in a bowl set over a pan of simmering water. (Do not let the base of the bowl touch the water.)

In a separate bowl whisk together the sugar, eggs and vanilla. Then fold in the chocolate mixture.

In a separate bowl, sift the flour, cocoa and baking powder together, then fold into the chocolate and egg mixture, until thoroughly combined.

Place tablespoonfuls of the mixture onto the baking tray (should make 36 biscuits) and bake in the oven for 6-8 minutes.

Remove from the oven and set aside to cool on a rack.

Cream butter, icing sugar and vanilla essence together until well blended and fluffy, pipe onto one half of the cooled whoopies and sandwich together.









My Cheesecake.

I  made this just after Christmas needlesss to say it did not last long enough for me to get a single slice photo.

This is just a regluar cheesecake mixture  with a gingernut and cornflake base added extra ginger powder to the base.

I was not sure what topping to do as I forgot to prepare and swirl the fruit in before baking  so opted for a white and chocolate topping which turned out rather well.

It just had enough time for it to  rest and it  was gone.